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Hokies in the NFL 2012: Week 2


Whether at the collegiate level or the professional level, this was not the best weekend for Hokies. After the poor showing at Heinz Field for the collegiate Hokies, the virus of crappyness spread to the pro level apparently.

Ryan Williams coughed the ball up at a crucial moment of the game. Josh Morgan took one of the dumbest penalties you'll see. David Wilson was practically demoted to third string running back. Mike Vick almost fumbled the game away late. Mama said there'd be days like this.

Follow the jump for the week in review.

As with last year, no offensive lineman are mentioned because it's just too hard to really tell how they performed. The Hokies in the NFL are below in alphabetical order:

James Anderson, LB Carolina Panthers- Anderson totaled nine tackles on the day, two solo tackles as the Panthers defeated the Saints.

Kam Chancellor, SS Seattle Seahawks- Chancellor earned nine tackles with seven coming as solo efforts. Chancellor held four gains to five yards or under.
9 TAK, 7 SOLO.

Shayne Graham, K Houston Texans- Graham connected on field goals of 31 and 37 yards and all three extra points.
2/2 FG (31, 37), 3/3 XP

Cody Grimm, FS Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Grimm tallied two total tackles, both on special teams.

Brandon Flowers, CB Kansas City Chiefs- Flowers made his 2012 debut after being inactive in week one. With the way the Chiefs were embarrassed, maybe he should have waited another week. Flowers earned just one tackle and a pass defended.
1 TAK, 1 PD

DeAngelo Hall, CB Washington Redskins- Hall recovered a crucial fumble late in the game to give the Skins a crack at tying the game. Hall recovered a fumble by Daryl Richardson as the Rams were trying to salt the game away. Hall also tallied 8 total tackles (all solo), with two for a loss and a pass defended.
8 TAK, 8 SOLO, 2 TFL, 1 PD, 1 FUM REC

Jayron Hosley, CB New York Giants- Hosley turned in a solid performance for his second NFL game, totaling six tackles, five of which were solo. Three of Hosley's tackles forced gains of three yards or less, showing he's playing solid in run support and short passes.

Jeff King, TE Arizona Cardinals- King did not accumulate any stats.

Josh Morgan, WR Washington Redskins- Morgan (temporarily) became public enemy number 1 for Redskins fans after his personal foul penalty that pushed the Redskins out of field goal range (though they tried anyway). Morgan was actually Robert Griffin III's favorite target on the day, hitting him five times for 50 yards. Morgan pulled in a 9-yard grab on 3rd and 7 to extend a drive, which was capped on the very next play by a 68-yard pass to Leonard Hankerson. Morgan later pulled in a 14-yard catch on 1st and 15. The big play was after a seven yard catch where he was tackled by Top Class Punk Courtland Finnegan. As Morgan got up, Finnegan shoved him and in retaliation Morgan threw the ball at him...right in front of an official. Walk off fifteen yards and the Redskins went from the 29 to the 44, turning a 46 yard kick into a 62 yard attempt. Of note, there's not guarantee that Billy Cundiff would have even made the 46-yard kick so it's not like Morgan directly lost the game for them, he just sure as hell added to the chances of the kick being missed.
5 REC, 50 YDS

Eddie Royal, WR San Diego Chargers- Eddie pulled in two catches for 18 yards in the Chargers win over the Titans. Eddie caught a 20-yarder and then pulled in a pass for a loss of two yards. The distribution went mainly to Malcolm Floyd and Dante Rosario, the latter pulling in four catches for three touchdowns.
2 REC, 18 YDS; 1 RET, 1 RET YD

Darryl Tapp, DE Philadelphia Eagles- Tapp did not accumulate any stats.

Tyrod Taylor, QB Baltimore Ravens-
Tyrod did not see the field vs. the Eagles. Well, he saw it but he didn't play.

Michael Vick, QB Philadelphia Eagles- Vick had a much better showing in Week 2, and considering the opponent it should be seen as such. After throwing four interceptions last week, Vick cut that number in half (still two more than I'm sure he'd want to throw) and looked better throwing the ball. Vick completed 23 of 32 passes for 371 yards and a touchdown. Vick also provided the winning score of the game with a one-yard run with under two minutes to play in the game. He ran for 34 yards on 10 carries with the game winning touchdown, but also lost a fumble. Vick connected with Jeremy Maclin for a 23-yard touchdown in the third quarter as Vick scrambled to his left and connected with Maclin on the edge of the end zone. Vick almost had the game slip away out of his hands on the game winning drive as it was initially ruled that he fumbled and that Baltimore had recovered, but the call was overturned and one play later he ran it in on a draw for the winning score. Also, after a Lesean McCoy fumble, Ray Lewis recovered the fumble and Vick tried to strip the ball from Lewis and eventually slammed Lewis to the ground. But...the call was changed and Lewis was down by contact already.
23/32, 371 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT; 10 RUSH, 34 YDS, 1 TD, 1 FUM

Ryan Williams, RB Arizona Cardinals- In his first two games as a pro, Williams has struggled to find his game. Williams carried the ball 10 times for just 13 yards on Sunday while adding two receptions for 10 yards. That brings Williams NFL rushing total to a whopping 22 yards on 18 carries. The biggest error in Williams' Sunday performance almost cost the Cardinals the game. With the Cardinals protecting a 20-18 lead, Williams took a run to his left and coughed up the ball that was recovered by the Patriots at the 30 yard line, well within Stephen Gostkowski's range. Gostkowski eventually tried a 42-yard field goal, and fortunately for Williams it sailed wide. Williams ripped off a 13-yard gain earlier on the drive, his longest of the day. Ru will have to work hard in practice to regain the trust of the coaching staff after nearly costing the Cards the game.
10 RUSH, 13 YDS, FUM; 2 REC, 10 YDS

David Wilson, RB New York Giants- Ahmad Bradshaw left the Giants game early, but instead of turning to Wilson for the carries, the Giants turned to Andre Brown. Brown rushed for 71 yards on 13 carries with a touchdown. That doesn't look good for Wilson, being essentially demoted to third string running back. Wilson carried the ball three times for six yards with a long of four yards. Wilson did return three kick offs for a total of 86 yards with a long 44-yard return.

Jason Worilds LB Pittsburgh Steelers- After a three tackle, one sack performance, Worilds was credited with just one tackle this week.

Inactive players: WR Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay Packers; G Jaymes Brooks, Green Bay Packers (PUP list); CB Roc Carmichael, Houston Texans; RB Darren Evans, Tennessee Titans.

Player of the week: Going to have to give it to Vick this week. Again he lead his team to a fourth quarter win in a tight game and he improved upon his week one performance.

If you know of any Hokies that I've left off of the list, please leave a comment below.